September 2017

The festival commenced on the 2nd September when 325 mermaids assembled on the beach to create a Guiness World Record! For more details visit

September 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Bexhill Festival of the Sea

A month long event running from the 3rd – 30th September 2016 and promotes all that is great about our seaside. The Sea Festival includes our festival weekend which takes place over the 3rd & 4th September and 7 different angling competitions during the festival month.

There will be angling competitions held over the weekend of 3/4th September.

September 2015: the main theme of the event will accent Marine Conservation and appreciation of the sea and our beautiful beaches. The Bexhill Festival of the Sea is one of the biggest and best festivals of the sea and sea angling in the UK. The event is a huge draw for families, with people of all ages in attendance. The festival in 2014 attracted over 30,000 people from all over the country.

The Festival has two parts – angling competitions based at Bexhill Sea Angling Club (see Angling for more details) plus a Weekend Event on the stunning £5 million exhibition space beside the iconic De La Warr Pavilion. The fun starts this year on Saturday 5th September with 2 days food and fun for all on the Metropole Lawns and fishing competitions along the beaches of Rother.

The festival showcases local traders selling delicious food dishes prepared by top chefs from a host of countries and cultures which are sure to get your taste buds tingling. As well as food and drink, there will be plenty of unique shopping and gift ideas and seaside focused stalls.

The famous Billingsgate Seafood Training School returns demonstrating the art of filleting, preparing and cooking many types of sea fish throughout the weekend. They bring a different presentation with a large LED screen to provide a clear view for all.

There’s also plenty to keep the family occupied with a variety of games and activities. For anyone who has never picked up a rod before, expert coaches will be on hand to show you how to cast from the beach and maybe hook that catch of a lifetime. The lessons are completely FREE thanks to our sponsors.